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Standing Shiva with His Mount Nandi

Asian Art

Renowned as India's classical age, the Gupta period saw the refinement of many of India's visual art traditions. This finely realized sculpture from the early Gupta period shows the Hindu deity Shiva and his humped bull Nandi. Legendary for his supreme ascetic powers, Shiva is depicted in a full frontal pose, holding a rosary, a trident, and an orb which symbolizes the seed of the universe.

MEDIUM Dark gray-green stone
DATES 5th century
PERIOD Gupta period
DIMENSIONS 20 1/2 in. (52.1 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Poster
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CAPTION Standing Shiva with His Mount Nandi, 5th century. Dark gray-green stone, 20 1/2 in. (52.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Poster, 80.279. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 80.279_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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Standing Shiva with His Mount Nandi